Case Studies

De Cicco Family

Fine-tuning fertility in a high production herd

Fertility is a multifactorial challenge but the success of the CopRice model farm is proof that fine-tuning existing management practices and the adoption of cutting-edge nutrition technologies can have a significant impact on farm profitability. In just two years, we have achieved the following milestones:

  • 100% heifers calving by 24 months of age at the desired weight and body condition score
  • Heifer milk production has increased from 77% to 87% mature cow production
  • Body condition loss from parturition through to peak milk has decreased from 1.3 BCS to 0.7 BCS
  • Three-week submission rate has increased from 75% to 89%
  • Six-week in-calf rate has increased from 50% to 73%
De Cicco Family

Optimising the cost-efficacy of TMRs

CopRice DairyBlends are formulated to complement your available feed resources in order to provide a nutritionally-balanced ration throughout the lactation. Compared to conventional feed commodities, CopRice DairyBlends provide the assurance of known quality and consistent supply, with the added convenience of minimum order quantities.

CopRice DairyBlends are ideal for feeding in combination with CopRice Lac Cycle concentrate pellets, which help to optimise health and performance outcomes at different stages of the lactation cycle. CopRice DairyBlends are produced at CopRice Coleambally, Australia’s largest ruminant nutrition facility. Coleambally is located in the heart of Australia’s largest irrigation area, ensuring a consistent supply of quality agricultural produce and cost-effective delivery.

De Cicco Family

Give your calves the best start

Of 78 individuals who calved in the autumn of 2020, 74% produced colostrum with a Brix reading of greater than 22%, a 27% improvement on the spring calving group. The Brix content of the colostrum samples ranged from 15% to 38%, with distribution heavily weighted to samples that tested above 22%. Care was also taken to ensure that collected colostrum was fed to calves within two hours of calving, due to the fact that the concentration of immunoglobulins is highest immediately after calving and decreases over time.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 regulations prevented the collection and analysis of serum samples. CopRice will continue monitoring colostrum quality and passive immunity transfer in Spring.

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